Parkland father rejects White House excuses after Kavanaugh fails to shake hands

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"If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I would be part of a Team of Nine, committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States".

"Right now in America, far too many women of color can not access safe, affordable health care, and the ability to decide whether, when and how to raise thriving families is out of reach", the group told the Hill.

Whitehouse also brought up Roberts' famous confirmation hearing line - that as a judge he merely calls balls and strikes - to argue that his court is 73-0 in ruling in favor of corporations.

"Now we need other Democrats who aren't on the committee to speak up and oppose this nominee, too", Brian Fallon, director of Demand Justice, an anti-Kavanaugh group, told the outlet.

They are also up in arms that some 42,000 documents were released to the committee just on the eve of the hearing.

Brett Kavanaugh was in no mood to meet a father whose kid was killed during the Parkland shooting - snubbing his handshake attempt during a SCOTUS confirmation hearing.

The president lashed out at the Democrats for their "despicable" behaviour. But the justices often say they seek consensus when they can, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions. "So sad to see!"

After lunch, when the hearing resumed, "security came and took me out of the room and they kept me out for 15 minutes, questioning me", Guttenberg said.

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. There were no signs of Republican defections.

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Protesters took turns yelling as senators spoke, shouting "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh".

"More women are going to be sent to back-alley abortions!" one protester screamed as she was removed by police.

The scenes were extraordinary, even for those with decades of Capitol Hill experience, as lawmakers spent more than an hour debating a path forward. Republican Senator John Cornyn likened the interruptions to "mob rule". While over 415,000 pages of documents have already been released, others are now being withheld under executive privilege.

The Analysis: From the unrelenting protests to the fiery rhetoric from Democrats, this was widely seen as the most contentious Supreme Court hearing in recent memory.

"What is the rush?"

Republicans have said Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, including his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said security personnel had intervened when an "unidentified individual" approached Kavanaugh. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".

An NRA spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the interaction between Kavanaugh and the father of a school shooting victim.

Veteran Democrat Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh "totally reversed" after working in the White House when Bush was considering warrantless wiretapping and torture of enemy combatants, and warned that a similar position would only serve to insulate Trump. "In other words, the president is above the law".

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